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Anatomicals Avoid Getting Zit Faced Tropical Facial Cleanser
I bought this from asos (See my previous review) a while ago for my sister, but it has some how made its way into my bathroom....
I really like the anatomicals brand they the really great simple, easy to use products with like the best packaging ever! The packaging and slogans are quite funny, a bit like the soap and glory/benfit brands.
Firstly it comes in this bright pink bottle with this long story on the front of it like the picture and you can buy them in 100ml bottles, which does not sound like a lot (as most of the products that I buy are bigger in volume than this) but it lasts a long time and you really only need to use a tiny bit of the product - I only use about a 20p size amount.
It also smells so nice it smells like sweets and fruit... its like the tuti fruity bubble gum, its really nice and very refreshing in the morning. I also have slightly sensitive dry skin and this product did not irritate my skin but it did leave my skin quite dry (I just use buckets full of moisturizer).
*Really really easy to use
*Very refreshing in the morning
*Gorgeous Tuti fruity smell to it - like really sweet and fruity...
*Bright funny packaging
*Good high quality brand
*Really cheap products - I bought this for about £3.50 or something around this price from asos
*You can also buy products from this brand from amazon
*Made in the UK
*Did not irritate my sensitive skin but made it a bit dry
Thank you for reading my review
To start us off on the right note, I'll tell you about the front page of the Anatomicals website. The blurb asks you whether "you believe [that] the 3 essentials in life are sex, going out and generally living your all too short life to the full", and if so you press the button to enter the site. Now does that sound like a brand for you, or what? Heck, I'm all for sex, going out and living life :)
Avoid Getting Zit Faced (from now on I shall refer to it as AGZF) is the wonderfully named cleanser for problem skin from Anatomicals. I rarely see this brand in shops - in fact the only time I've seen it on a shelf was on the P&O Ferry Pride of Calais. Amazon, HQ Hair, ASOS, Littlewoods or direct from the Anatomicals website are the best ways to buy their products. AGZF costs around £4 for 100ml, which I would say is slightly more expensive ml for ml than your average cleanser.
Now, I love this brand so I had fairly high expectations of this cleanser - perhaps unfairly high expectations. There are a few things about it that bug me:
1. The smell. According to the blurb, AGZF has a tropical fragrance. Well, I would agree with that, but it's a very strong tropical fragrance. In fact (and I'm sorry to share this gross story with you), it reminded me of when I was 18 and on holiday with the girls, and one night decided to drink one of every cocktail on the menu of the particular bar I was at. Needless to say, I got rather drunk and was sick in every bush on the short walk back to my chalet. The fragrance of this cleanser took me right back to how my vomit smelled that one night in summer 2005 - disgustingly strong, sweet, fruity. So yes, it's tropical... but it isn't altogether pleasant.
2. AGZF is a thick gel. So thick, it's actually pretty difficult to wash off. So heaven help you if you try to remove eye make up with it (it was worth a try, in the name of science) - it will be difficult to get the cleanser out of your eyes when they're stinging because of it's presence. The gel does lather up beautifully on the skin, but you can still feel that most of it is still gel rather than lather, and that's what you end up trying very hard to remove!
3. Actually, that's it. Only two things that bug me.
Problems aside, it does fairly well at cleaning the face and helping problem skin. My skin has cleared up dramatically, which is even more impressive when I consider that it's currently the time of the month where I accept that I need to wear a paper bag over my head due to the spot clusters that uglify my chin, nose and forehead. It feels good on the skin, the lather is very thick, and once you've managed to wash all the residue off, skin is left feeling very clean and fresh. It does not dry out the skin, and feels pretty gentle - which in this case isn't a byword for "ineffective".
Overall, I'd recommend it. After all, the smell is gone once you've washed it off, and it's not really as bad as I said it was... just a nasty association that my mind made that has really put me off it. And if it gets results, for me it's worth it.